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Dell Dat 72

It keeps spitting the tape back out, and the cleaning light is blinking..I have ran a cleaner tape thru it as well

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  • perr0117 Sep 10, 2008

    From day one the darn thing has been giving us problems. Not like our HP DAT 72 drive which we went through 4 of them until the problem was solved. We run the cleaning tape three times and run, we run the cleaning tape three times a week. still the same problem and darn cleaning tapes are not cheap. So if its a cleaning or media problem how come the problem stopped with the fourth HP drive? Dell needs to come up with some solutions or I am thinking that this product is best avoided.

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    We are having the same problem. Unfortunately, I can't really tell if the cleaning tape is running at all or if it is just being ejected after a few seconds.

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I did some checking on Dell's site and noticed there is a firmware update dated 4/18/2009. One of the issues it addresses is excessive cleaning light issues. I am scheduling a maintenance window with my client and will see if this fixes this issue.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009

The cleaner tape was brand new

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

Try a different Cleaner tape, they dont last forever..

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

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